24 hours in Copenhagen
Written by Kate Johnson Illustration by Patrick Hruby
The capital of one of the world’s happiest nations, Copenhagen has a unique ability to delight its visitors thanks to its petite size, its enviable sense of style, and its world-class food scene.
Then there are its impressive green credentials. While Denmark aims to become carbon neutral by 2050, Copenhagen plans to get there by 2025, and already leads the way in its provision of green hotels, shops, and transport options, as well as many completely organic dining options and products. It’s no surprise that the Danes want to preserve what nature has afforded them. After all, this is a nation – and a city – that’s about being outdoors. After spending months hibernating in their apartments while outside all is darkness and snow, Copenhagen’s inhabitants notoriously rush to lie around in its elegant parks, city beaches, and harbour swimming pool at the faintest hint of sunshine. The upshot of this is that, from April through to October, the city has an extra appealing vibe.
The efficient Copenhagen Metro has only two lines. A two-zone ticket is around US$4 (DKK24), while a two-zone multi-ride 'klippekort' of 10 'clips' is US$25 (DKK140).
Also known as CityBus 11A, this departs every seven minutes for a circular tour of Copenhagen’s major sights. It’s noteworthy for running on rechargeable batteries.
For the price of a regular bus ticket, the Harbour Bus crosses from Nordre Tolbod, Nyhavn, and the Black Diamond to Holmen and Christianshavn.
Try a City Bike, rentable for a returnable deposit of DKK20 when you return it to any of the 110 racks around town.